Tamzin Outhwaite Biography
Tamzin Outhwaite (Tamzin Maria Outhwaite) is a British actress born on 5th November 1970 in Ilford, London, England. She became popular with her role as Mel Owen in the BBC One Soap Opera EastEnders.
Tamzin Outhwaite attended the Stagestruck Theatre Company as a teenager, taking part in several productions during the mid-1980s. While at school, she studied part-time at Sylvia Young Theatre School and on leaving school in 1987, she joined the London Studio Centre to study drama and dance.
Tamzin Outhwaite Age
Tamzin was born on 5th November 1970 in Ilford, London, England (48years as of 2018)
Tamzin Outhwaite Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Tamzin Outhwaite Family
Her parents are Anna (née Santi) and Colin Frank Outhwaite. She has two siblings; younger brothers Kes and Jake.
Tamzin Outhwaite Mum
In May 2018 Tamzin Outhwaite revealed through her Instagram that her mum passed away three weeks ago.
Tamzin Outhwaite Husband and
Tamzin married Tom Ellis in 2006 but they they divorced in 2014. The two were introduced by James McAvoy who was a mutual friend. They got engaged on 5th November 2005, during Tamzin’s 35th birthday, after six months of dating.
Tamzin Outhwaite Children
Tamzin has two daughters with her now ex- husband Tom Ellis; Florence Elsie Ellis born on 17th June 2008 and Marnie Mae Ellis born on 1st August 2012.
Tamzin Outhwaite Boyfriend
In 2018 she introduced her new boyfriend actor Tom Child, 26, who is also a documentary maker and personal trainer. During the 2017 Christmas they both holidayed in the Maldives sharing Instagram yoga posts from the same balcony.
In October 2018, she shared a selfie on Instagram together with her boyfriend captioning:
“Met this dude over three years ago… went on our first date just over a year ago. Thank you for making this last year far more beautiful and positive than it ever should have been. Thank you for loving me the way you do… Most importantly, thank you for understanding and respecting that my children will always come first.”
Tom Child also posted a picture on his Instagram which he captioned:
“@glamzin has rocked my world this time last year! As if it’s been a whole year! She’s unpredictably enchanting. So so sexy with a nutty sense of humour! Caring, kind… well let’s not list, she has all attributes you could ever ask for.A year has flown by. Here’s to us pair of silly tits! A Tom Jones number would be suitably welcomed right now… xxx.”
Tamzin Outhwaite Career
Tamzin Outhwaite began her career in theatre taking roles in productions including ‘Grease’ and ‘Oliver!’, and work at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, before landing bit parts in television series ‘The Bill’ and ‘Men Behaving Badly’.
In 1998 she found national fame when she was cast as Mel Healy in the popular BBC soap opera ‘EastEnders’. The soap aired from October 1998 to March 2002. She stated in 2006 that she wouldn’t rule out returning to EastEnders and her return was confirmed on 24 October 2017.
Outhwaite and her ex-husband, Tom Ellis, were the winners of the ITV charity gameshow All Star Mr & Mrs Christmas Special on 20 December 2008. She was cast in the film Radio Cape Cod where she plays a radio interviewer who has a new love entering her life and whose daughter, played by Tamzin Merchant, is experiencing her first love.
She was cast as DCI Sasha Miller on the BBC TV comedy-drama series New Tricks, replacing Amanda Redman as head of the team in the show. She had previously appeared in series 9, episode 6 of the show, guest-starring as a different character who is brought to justice at the end of the episode.
Tamzin Outhwaite Eastenders
She played Melanie Owen in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 1998 until 2002. After 16 years being away from the soap she announced that she will be back on her role as Melanie Owen in scenes to be aired early 2018.
Tamzin Outhwaite Movies
MOTH (Man of the House)
Radio Cape Cod
Sgt. Kelly Anders
Tamzin Outhwaite TV Shows
The Lions of Causton
Inside No. 9
Up from Ashes
Bed & Breakfast
DCI Sasha Miller
Main role (series 10–12)
Nightmare in Silver
Agatha Christie’s Marple
Fear: Parts 1 & 2
Love Means Nothing in Tennis
Law & Order: UK
Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me
D.I. Rebecca Flint
Main role (series 1–2)
Walk Away and I Stumble
A Touch of Class
When I’m 64
Sgt. Jo McDonagh
Out of Control
Da Ali G Show
Tamzin Outhwaite Interview
Tamzin Outhwaite Interview
‘There’s a perception of me as some sort of ball-breaking bitch, because those are the sort of characters I play, but that’s not who I am,” protests Tamzin Outhwaite, before pausing and waiting a beat. “Well, not all of the time.” She grins, but the smile, although genuine enough to start with, loses momentum and peters out before it reaches her eyes.
Most audiences think of Outhwaite, 43, as more sexy, sassy and street-wise, but it’s all semantics. In truth, although she’s glamorous and svelte, she looks slightly frayed round the edges.
It’s the last couple of weeks before her incisive black comedy of parenting mores, Breeders, opens in the West End and she’s at that manic stage where she can’t seem to cram the lines in as fast as she must. “If I don’t do a bit of theatre at least once a year, I feel depleted and starved,” she says, wryly. “But then I find myself in the rehearsal period and it’s as terrifying as it is nourishing. Television is very instant, theatre is much more free, but you are very much on your own up there on stage and in control of your own performance.”
At the moment Outhwaite is all over our screens – and the front of Radio Times. Admittedly she’s playing to her “ball-breaking bitch” (or BBB) strengths in New Tricks, the likeable, superannuated cop show. But viewers who saw the former EastEnders actress in last week’s edition of Who Do You Think You Are? will be in no doubt that she has another side, thoughtful, introspective and soft as the vanilla gelato her Italian immigrant great-grandfather sold at his ice cream parlour in County Durham, before he was interned in a Second World War prison camp.
When she discovered details of his humiliating incarceration on the Isle of Man as “an enemy national”, the mother-of-two was reduced to tears. Later, she gamely tried her hand at making ice cream and unwittingly sprayed herself with it.
That her ancestral drama was selected for the programme (Michael Parkinson’s family tree was memorably rejected as being too boring) is in itself a reflection of her success, in a business where ex-soap stars often struggle to emerge from the long shadows cast by even longer-running dramas.
There was Out of Control and Red Cap, Hotel Babylon and Fixer. As Mel in EastEnders she was, rather unfairly, first married off to Ian Beale then to Steve Owen. She slept with every man in Albert Square before being kidnapped, and she subsequently fled to Portugal, the door happily left open for a cometh-the-hour-cometh-the-BBB return in Albert Square’s future time of need.
“I never wanted to be famous and live my life in the glare of publicity,” she says. “I just wanted to be an actress; it’s all about the work. I’m not even terribly ambitious,” she adds, giggling. “I always dreamed of being in Cats, but when the chance came and I was offered a part, I actually turned it down because I was doing something else. If you can’t even be bothered to fulfil your life’s ambition, what hope is there?”
Her self-deprecation doesn’t quite wash; the girl from Walford (more accurately, Ilford in Essex) who attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and then the London Studio Centre is a grafter, who hoofed for many years in the likes of Oliver! and Grease.
We’ve met before, Outhwaite and I, but under happier circumstances. Back in 2010 she had taken on the lead in Sweet Charity, a role she lent not just warmth and vulnerability but an unexpected complexity. Her elder daughter, Florence, by her then husband Tom Ellis (aka Gary from Miranda), was barely two. It was a tough, exhausting, exhilarating gig, but for all her tiredness, she glowed with the fulfilment of motherhood.
“Back then, I wanted Flo to see me in something, so she was taken along to Sweet Charity,” she remembers. “When the curtain went up I was in the spotlight in hold position; she took one look and shouted, ‘Mummy! That’s my Mummy’ and everyone turned round and laughed. She lasted a whole seven seconds and had to be taken out. Now I know why actors are so keen to voice animations and read bedtime stories on CBeebies; it’s so their kids can see them in something.”
Fast forward four years: Florence is now six and has a little sister, Marnie, two. But the seven-year marriage is over; Outhwaite was divorced last year. “It’s tough working as a single parent, but I’m lucky enough to have chunks of time when I’m at home and a huge circle of friends and family, although my biggest extravagance is child care,” she says. “It’s not as if I’m struggling financially …my hat goes off to those who have that burden of worry as well.”
The tabloid account was that Ellis confessed to a brief infidelity and she instantly turfed him out. Reading between the lines, the reality seems rather different.
“I can’t talk about it,” she says, looking pained. “Of course, there’s a part of me that wants to set the record straight, but I don’t want to put any more stuff out there on to the internet for my children to end up reading. If the price for that is being seen in an unflattering light now, then it’s one I’m prepared to pay.”
Some day they will know the truth, she says, quietly, but it will come from her and be told to them face-to-face. Outhwaite admits she is still trying to find her equilibrium, but she’s not one to ruminate. “I’m the sort of person who makes the best of things,” she says. “I will always find a way to make things work, if I can. All I can say is that I believe I would have done anything to keep us together as a family but that wasn’t what happened.”
She lives with the children in a leafy part of north London, where her elder daughter attends state school. She wants them to learn musical instruments, take up languages and be creative, but is ambivalent about a career on stage.
“Acting is too hard a career to want your kids exposed to the criticism and the judgment and the awful sense of rejection,” she says. “But given I’m making a living out of something I absolutely adore, it would be pretty hypocritical of me to actively discourage them.”
If they inherit even half her work ethic, it will stand them in good stead. “I think there’s no excuse for being bored, loafing around, being lazy,” she cries. “I always crave boredom – but in reality, I never allow it into my life. I juggle and juggle. I can relax – I do relax – but it has to be scheduled. In a yoga class I am completely Zen, but I wouldn’t ever sit down and watch telly just to pass the time.”
By her own admission she’s not just a cushion-plumper and a picture straightener, but an entire room-rearranger – though not a Kirstie Allsopp hands-on homemaker. “I love interior design; if I wasn’t an actress that’s what I’d do,” she says. “I recently bought swathes of fabric and a sewing machine and set about running up cushion covers with huge energy and enthusiasm. I’d only made four when it suddenly dawned on me ‘This is boring!’. It wasn’t making cushion covers, it was the design aspect that appealed to me most; the way spaces are created and how the mood can be affected by lighting and colour.”
Outhwaite is confident her own mood will lighten once she’s mastered her lines, and Breeders, which co-stars ex-Coronation Street actress Angela Griffin, is up and running. She plays one half of a same-sex couple agonising over their desire to have a baby. “It’s a great play. There’s a depth and darkness to it that, paradoxically, brings out a lot of humour,” she says. “Once it’s started and my days are my own, I will be able to concentrate on taking exercise, getting Flo ready to go back to school and real life.”
Real life may have been challenging over the past year, but Outhwaite has never been one to sidestep a challenge. “Things will be all right in the end. And if they’re not all right – then it’s not the end,” she smiles. And this time it does reach all the way to her eyes – and stays there.